California fairgrounds facing a crisis: Action is needed now

Our magazine is a major supporter of fairs and fairgrounds in rural areas, including Placer County and Nevada County, because they have a long tradition of celebrating local agricultural bounties dating back to the Civil War — in food, wine and art. The tradition continues to this day, with animals, ag education, rides and attractions, […]

Vast majority of Yosemite not affected by Rim Fire for Labor Day weekend

The vast majority of hiking trails and services in Yosemite National Park are not affected by the Rim Fire, which is located approximately 20 miles from Yosemite Valley. The Big Oak Flat north entrance/Highway 120 west remains closed while work continues on the Rim Fire. Highways 41, 140, and 120 from the east (Tioga Road) […]

Flying Mule Farm launches fundraising for Tuolumne ranchers hurt by Rim Fire

As many of you know, I grew up in Tuolumne County – where the Rim Fire continues to burn out of control. A number of my friends and fellow ranchers have been severely impacted by the fire – losing barns, equipment, forage, and even cows in some cases. The Tuolumne County Farm Bureau has established […]

Famous Mother Lode Fairgrounds becomes shelter for Rim Fire

The Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora was a busy place last month. The annual rural fair – dating back to 1889 – drew many thousands of visitors to enjoy the local flavor of arts, crafts, food, beverages, live music, carnival rides and livestock. Now the Fairgrounds have been turned into a temporary Red Cross Shelter […]

Yosemite Park still open to visitors despite fire (video)

Most of Yosemite National Park is not affected by the fire and is relatively smoke-free. The northern part of the park is experiencing minor smokiness. Conditions may change if winds shift. However: The Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120 inside Yosemite) and Highway 120 west of Yosemite are closed between the Highway […]